With very sad hearts, the family of Colin Burritt Brown announce his passing, in Toronto, Ontario.
Colin was out on his afternoon walk when he suffered a heart attack on Thursday May 02, 2013.
Colin was born in Kenora on July 31, 1963, the first of two sons born to Allan and Shirley (Nee Pearson) Brown.
As a child Colin spent many summer days playing with cousins from all over the District. He cherished these memories and loved to tell stories from his youth.
Colin was always a hard worker. Whether it was his Father’s “make work” projects on weekends as a teenager, or as an adult doing skilled carpentry. Colin also worked as a fishing guide on “ The Ark” on Lake OF The Woods, and many remote fly-in outpost camps. He was a miner, trapper, heavy equipment operator, dump truck driver and business owner. But, his favourite job was being a father.
When Colin was not working, he could be found spending time with his children, who he was so very proud of. He loved to tell people, “His Daughter was a Nurse!” He knew how hard Samantha had worked to become an RPN. Colin was also so proud of his son, Clint. As his son had big boots to fill, more and more everyday. He loved having Clint by his side!
He cherished the time spent with his family camping, fishing, hunting, trapping, curling and watching the Toronto Maple Leafs. Telling stories about the “Trapper’s Cabin” and hunting with his Family and friends always brought a big smile to his face. Colin always said, “No matter what happens, I will always have my memories!”
In 2001, Colin was diagnosed with Non- Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He bravely fought this cancer for several years. Then in 2004, he won the battle and was told he was in “Remission.” The cancer returned after a five year remission, and Colin needed a Stem Cell Transplant. The bond between “The Brown Brother’s” grew even stronger, when even though the odds were against them, Lance was a perfect match. On October 27, 2010, the Stem Cell Transplant was a success and Colin conquered cancer again!
Colin was predeceased by his grandparents, Burritt and Mildred Brown. Rudolf and Lilly Pearson. In-Laws, Roy Stigen and Marcie (Drennan) Stigen.
Colin will be lovingly remembered by his wife Sheila, their son Clint, daughter Samantha, his parents Allan and Shirley Brown, brother Lance and sister- in-law Lori Brown. As well as sister-in-laws Shirley (Wayne) Reid, Stephanie (Travis) Stigen, Stacy Brown, brother- in-law’s Buddy Stigen, Tyler (Ashley) Brown. Numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many dear friends.
Colin was united in Marriage to Sheila Ann Stigen on August 19, 1989. They resided in Nestor Falls where they raised their dearly loved Children, Clint Burritt and Samantha Christine. Home was Nestor Falls and he never wanted to move away. He felt the kindness and caring of his community everyday.
His family would like to thank the Doctors, Nurses and UHN Staff of The Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto for all they have done for us the last three years. With an extra special thank you to the Medical Staff of the Stem Cell Transplant Floor on 14B. The Doctors and Nurses in the BMT Clinic, and the wonderful “Blue Team Transfusion” unit Nurses. Thank you for always greeting us with warm smiles and happy hopeful hearts. For treating Colin as a person, not just another cancer patient.
To the wonderful people of The Princess Margaret Lodge, Staff, Volunteers, Patients, Caregivers, and Friends. We are so grateful for that special place. People often said Colin was an inspiration to them, with all he had been through and challenges he faced. He always had a smile on his face, an ear ready to listen, and a heart ready to encourage others on their own journey. It was your Spirit and Support that allowed him to be that man. Thank you so very much to our family and friends for the love and support at home. Your kindness will always remembered and cherished.
A Celebration of Colin’s life will be held at the Nestor Falls United Church on Friday May 10, 2013 at 2:00pm. Colin’s beloved Aunt Eileen Bragg will be officiating. Interment will take place at a later date. If so desired, Memorial Donations may be made to The Princess Margaret Hospital Lodge, c/o Northridge Funeral Home, Box 89, Emo, Ontario, P0W 1E0.
Online condolences may be offered at www.northridgefuneralhome.com